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this morning on a special edition of "world news now" -- the re-election of president barack obama. >> we know in our hearts that for the united states of america, the best is yet to come. [ cheers and applause ] >> it was a sweeping electoral win, and now, his first job for a second term helping put more americans back to work and steering the course to a stronger economy. >> we are an american family and we rise or fall together as one nation and as one group.
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>> with the congratulations of his challenger. >> this is a toime of great challenges for america and pray the president will be successful in guiding our nation. >> and the confidence of his supporters. and with the long, bitter election battle over, this morning, president barack obama sets his sights on four more years in the white house. today is wednesday, november 7th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning wednesday morning, everyone. the country has spoken dough sigh siedough -- spoken decisively. the president will get to keep his job after sweeping the key battleground states. >> what an evening, night, morning it has been. army this morning, president barack obama promised americans the best is yet to come. we begin the coverage this half-hour with abc's karen travers live with team obama in chicago.
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>> reporter: here in chicago the mood has been electric. the crowd erupted into thunderous applause when the networks projected the president had won ohio and thus had been re-elected. the president didn't just win ohio, he held his entire midwestern fire wall of wisconsin and iowa. we have been paying so much attention to ohio over the last couple month. a critical state for their strategy. he won virginia, colorado, he won nevada. this has turned into a very big night for president obama. you had the sense from campaign aide early on as the polls started closing that they new things were trend in their direction and they were feeling confident. the president wrote two different speeches for tonight. a victory speech. and a concession speech. he was prepared for any scenario. tonight here in this room, before nearly 20,000, very excited supporters, he gets to deliver that victory speech. >> we are an american family and we rise or fall together as one nation and as one people.
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[ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: reporting from chicago, obama campaign headquarters, karen travers for abc news. >> i'm brandi hitt in boston where the room fell silent the minute it was announced mitt romney lost the key battleground state of ohio and then the election. romney supporters here were convinced he would win some of the key battleground states. he just fell short in states like pennsylvania, ohio and also virginia. here is what mitt romney told his supporters after he called president obama to congratulate him. >> this is -- time of great challenges for america and pray the president will be successful in guiding our nation. i so wish -- i so wish that i had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader and so ann and i join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation. thank you and god bless america. you guys were the best! thank you so much!
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[ cheers and applause ] thank you! thanks, guys. >> reporter: mitt romney thanked his donors, volunteers and supporters and says beside choosing his wife ann, picking paul ryan as a runningmate was the best decision he has ever made. ron, paula. rob, paula. >> thanks, brandi. democrats have strengthened their control of the senate. the races which changed hand are in indiana and massachusetts. an independent has been elected in maine to succeed retired senator olympia snow. >> one of the closely watched most expensive races there. spending $68 million. >> elizabeth warren, a law professor and former obama administration adviser, she swept scott brown from office and vowed to fight for the middle-class.
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>> for every family that has been chipped and squeezed and hammered, we are going to fight for a level playing field and we are going to put people back to work. >> warren becomes the first woman elected to the senate from the state of massachusetts. >> she takes ted kennedy's seat back from scott brown, turns it blue again. democrats spent a lot on that race. trying to carve her out as a national figure. you will hear a lot from elizabeth warren. >> record number of women in the senate. 2013. 18 never happened before. the ups and downs of the campaign have all led to this. what did the president do right what did mitt romney do wrong? >> up next, we sit down with our senior washington editor rick klein. all coming up on "world news now." ♪ so when i found out medicare doesn't pay all my medical expenses, i looked at my options. then i got a medicare supplement insurance plan.
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an exciting day, an emotional day, and all those adjectives fit. >> let's get analysis from rick klein, a lot of people want to know, can, can they get anything done in washington now, pretty much everything stays the same. you hear this bipartisan tone. the president saying he is going to invite romney to have a discussion to talk about some idea. >> the voters did not give president obama a mandate. what he can do is create that mandate. i think if he begins to govern like the promise of barack obama in 2008, 2004, at the democratic convention. begins to bring that piece of america together the a broad coalition voted. yes, a divided country. a new america, speaking out, in ape pretty loud voice saying this is the leadership they wanted. what they're craving right now is a leadership moment. that's where the president has an opportunity. >> you did hear a lot of talk about bipartisanship. head headline, tonight, about how the president, how well he did.
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despite expectations and pundits nobody expected the electoral gap as wide as it was. how did he turn it out? what led to a convincing victory? >> the perfect combination of demographics and tactics. dem graphing side took advantage of the surge in younger voters, minority voters, bring home hispanics in record numbers. never before, double digit. 10% of the electorate, hispanics. tactics what delivered in the upper midwest, white working class voters did that by destroying the other side, deploying resources to defined other guy. >> fascinating stat. the president won with the least support of white men of any other president ever in the history of the country. what does the election when you look at marijuana, gay marriage, latino issue. at a very distinct point, culturally, politically, socially and dem graphically in the country? >> you saw revenge of the
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middle. social, cultural, use, voters coming out saying that is not the party we wanted. this wasn't the extremes of the party dictating it. the vast middle of the country, coming together. rejecting where the republican party has been going over the last couple years. >> do you think the republican party has to look at themselves in the mirror, take a hard look, you look at who the president got great support from. 38 points with, single women. strong latino population. and like he said, with the lowest, voting from white males in, presidential history? >> there is serious soulsear soulsearching going to happen. the problem the path forward is more pessimistic. none of the demographics, are growing dem graphices. they had a chance to eke out one last election using the formula didn't work. back to the drawing board. >> 2016 you will have to see a different republican if there is any chance for the gop to become relevant again.
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>> by the end of the week we will be hearing noise about who the person is and direction. maybe by the end of the day. >> rubio, christie. >> how likely do you think bipartisanship will happen with the fiscal cliff end of the year? issue one? >> the time bomb ready to detonate. i do think the president had is a chance. if he comes forward quickly, this is my solution, get the public behind him. use the presidency in way he didn't over four year. then you have a chance to break something. otherwise we have the same congress, the same president, not a lot of people optimistic things will change. >> the man, the myth, the legend, rick klein, thank you for joining us. >> long day. get some sleep. >> thank you, guys. >> still to come, this election morning, more than any before, the election played out on the social media. >> a look at the hottest social media moments of the campaign. ñaúa
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social media played a pivotal role in the election last night. twitter and facebook lit up. >> where is my phone? even the president celebrated the hard fought victory with a simple tweet. the picture, see the president and first lady hugging. he extended the bipartisan tone
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saying we are all in this together. that's how we campaigned. that's who we are. thank you. signed, b.o. >> b.o. >> barack obama. >> i think i saw some stat where that was the most retweeted, tweet, ever that picture that went out. shows you how social media takes on a life of its own here. also some interesting stats to show you here, thought was interesting. apparently 80% of the people in america get their political news online these days. >> i believe it. >> everyone, hooked into lap tops, cell phones and get all that. >> adhd generation. >> exactly. 80%. very telling stat. also, 20 million tweets. election day just became the most tweeted about event ever in the political history of the country. very telling. the old record from the first debate. the new record surpassed that. 65,000 political tweets per minute during. i was glued to twitter. most people, their news, what state was going to who, through
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twitter. then also, instagram, photo site, popular owned by facebook. in terms of the i voted stickers. all of this played out online. incredible numbers. >> when you tweet you have to have #tags, election 2012, and stay in line, finally i voted. then there are other inappropriate ones we will not bring to a family network. thank you, disney. >> off-color things to say. if it was on hbo we would share it too. then also, very interesting video here. a lot of people on guard. video out of pennsylvania of the malfunction with the voting machine. a gentleman was trying to vote for barack obama, but instead, it lit up for mitt romney. of course a lot of fears about voter fraud and problems with the machine. that fed into that. as the night played on. whateverer use there were, got played out with the electoral landslide it ended up being. >> roseanne barr getting some
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in his victory speech this morning, president obama said he hopes to meet soon with governor romney to discuss how they can work together down the road. >> the president spoke about the common bond that unites all americans. >> i believe we can keep the promise of our founder, the yad that -- idea if you are willing to work hard it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or what you look lake or where you love, it doesn't matter if you are black or white or hispanic or asian, or native american, or young, or old, or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight. you can make it here in america! if you are willing to try! [ cheers and applause ] i believe we can seize this future together! because we are not as divided as our politics suggests.
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we are not as cynical as the pundits believe! we are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions and we rema remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. we are and forever will be, the united states of america, and together with your help, and god's grace, we will continue our journey forward. >> now after calling the president mitt romney faced somber supporters in boston delivering a brief, five minutes, very gracious concession speech. >> i so wish that i had been able toful fill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction. but the nation chose another leader. so ann and i join with-up to earnestly pray for him and for his great nation. thank you and god bless america. >> gracious speech. funny too, reports out earlieren the day, they asked the president did you write two speeches.
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yes, i did, i couldn't take anything for granted. mitt romney, asked, i only wrote one speech, a victory speech that he did not get to deliver here. maybe, a lesson in overconfidence some times. >> he and paul ryan put it on the table. paul ryan retains a seat in wisconsin. paul ryan, a name, republicans and democrats will be hearing about for a while to come. >> once he licks his wound a little bit the he will get back out there. a young guy. that is the news for this half-hour. >> we will leave you with some of the election's most memorable images. you are watching "world news now." thank you for watching, everybody.
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this morning on a special edition of "world news now" -- four more years. president barack obama is re-elected. >> from chicago to times square to the white house, an eruption of joy. >> four more years! the emotion echoing the excitement of four years ago. and in boston a gracious concession from a worthy opponent in the long, hard-fought and extremely expensive race. >> a victorious president obama says "we are all in this together." now the work on the second term, creating more jobs, healing the economy, moving forward with health care reforms begins for president barack obama. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." and good wednesday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson.
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>> i'm paula faris. barack obama has been re-elected president of the united states, declared the winner just after 11:00 eastern last night. winning pretty much all the key battleground states including ohio on his way to clinch the 270 electoral votes that he needed. >> predicted a long night. didn't really end up being one. >> no, not at all. >> -- ended pretty quickly. electoral college, sweeping victory for the president. despite the big margin he won by in the college. the popular vote still a lot closer. that going down to the wire. there you see the crowd outside abc news election headquarters in times square. they went wild when the race was called by the networks. exit polls show the president enjoyed 92% support among democrats. that is the highest on record for democrats since way back in 1976. speaks to the polarization of the race all along. >> unprecedented. the scene much the same outside the white house. supporters cheering, waving flags, even climbing some trees.
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the other scene of excitement in chicago. abc's karen travers is there at obama headquarters. hi, karen. >> reporter: here in chicago, the mood has been electric. the crowd erupted into thunderous applause when the networks projected that the president had won ohio and thus had been re-elected. the president didn't just win ohio he held his midwestern fire wall, wisconsin and iowa. we have been paying so much attention to ohio over the last couple months. a critical state for their strategy. he won virginia, colorado, he won nevada. this has turned into a very big night for president obama. you had the sense from campaign aides early on as the polls started closing that they new things were trend in their direction and they were feeling confident. the president wrote two different speeches for tonight. a victory speech. and a concession speech. he was prepared for any scenario. tonight here in this room,
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before, newly 20,000, very excited supporters, he gets to deliver that victory speech. >> we are an american family and we rise or fall together as one nation and as one people. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: reporting from chicago, obama campaign headquarters, karen travers for abc news. >> i'm brandi hitt in boston where the room fell silent the minute it was announced mitt romney lost the key battleground state of ohio and then the election. romney supporters were convinced he would win some of the key battleground states. he just fell short in states like pennsylvania, ohio and also virginia. here is what mitt romney told his supporters after he called president obama to congratulate him. >> this is a time of great challenges for america and pray the president will be successful in guiding our nation. i so wish -- i so wish that i had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader and
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so ann and i join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation. thank you and god bless america. you guys were the best! thank you so much! [ cheers and applause ] thank you! thanks, guys. >> reporter: mitt romney thanked his donors, volunteers and supporters and says beside choosing his wife ann, picking paul ryan as a runningmate was the best decision he has ever made. rob and paula. >> a gracious speech. had to be a hard one to make after two years of that kind of schedule. this is why the battleground states were so important. president obama racked up wins in the highly contested states including colorado, new hampshire, pennsylvania, nevada, wisconsin, and virginia. almost a clean sweep there among the battleground. >> didn't really need ohio. the president holding a slight lead in florida, ballots are still being counted and could probably continue to be counted
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for a while. the state is too close to call not that it matters. >> few hundred votes separated it. really insane. the popular vote we said incredibly close. president obama, passed mitt romney by a sliver in the nation's popular vote. >> now we don't have final numbers as west coast states are counting ballots including mega state, california. democrats have strengthened their control of the senate taking two seats away from the republicans. the races that changed hands are in the states of indiana and massachusetts. and there is a wild card in maine, independent former governor angus king, elected to succeed retiring republican senator olympia snow. king has not yet said which party he will vote with. definitely you look at it in a nutshell -- obama is re-elected. majority in the house and senate remain. marijuana legalized in two states, colorado and washington. gay marriage is legalized in maryland and maine. >> look at everything you listed, plus you look at the big role, latino population, played, and obama won the group by 70% you.
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you have to wonder. i have heard the analysts talk about this all night. time for introspection in the republican party, because maybe slowly getting at a pace where the country is getting. so that party has a lot to deal with over the next few months. coming up next -- the coverage of the election of president obama continues. >> we'll get some perspective on the campaign, the strategy and what lies ahead. stay with us. ♪ ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by united health care. alth care. every time someone chooses finish over cascade,
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so after all of the rhetoric, the billions of dollars of ad, two so after all of the rhetoric, the billions of dollars of ads, two conventions, three debates, hundreds of rallies and thousand of miles of travel, another presidential election officially right now in the books. >> rhetoric? i don't know what you are talking about. we thought we would share some thoughts about it all from our abc news political analysts we begin with matthew dowd. >> reporter: all the polls were right. the republicans argued against said no we well do it differently. it didn't happen. they're going to have to face the future, there was no leader of the party, and an electorate much to their disadvantage. >> this was a campaign that has always had its doubters. i mean this was a primary where he was sort of, the third, fourth, fifth choice. we romanced chris christie. we romanced mitch daniels. we fell in love with everybody who wasn't running.
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as a party. i think that carried over. he never was able to get the monkey off his back. we never stopped doubting him. i think that hurt him. until his stellar performance in the first debate. we didn't believe in him. that took its toll on mitt romney. >> four years ago, voters wanted to make history. this time around they wanted to make a difference. they wanted to make a difference in terms of somebody they felt was on their side to create jobs, somebody, health care, keep the country safe and sound. this is amazing. >> he has some immense challenges ahead. there are huge divides in this country. he has not healed them. if he is going to have a second term that is going to be successful. he has to figure out a way to heal the divide. >> analysis will continue for days and weeks now, post election. all right, coming up next from legalizing marijuana to same-sex marriage, key ballot measures decided around the country. >> also, after more than 500 days -- can you believe it -- the speeches that capped the long campaign.
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it is all coming up on "world news now." ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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welcome back, everyb ody. time to hear more now from the candidates themselves. >> first up, the newly re-elected president obama. >> i believe we can keep the
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promise of our founding, the idea if you are willing to work hard it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love, it doesn't matter whether you are black or white or hispanic or asian, or native american, or young, or old, or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in america! if you are willing to try! i believe we can seize this future together! because we are not as divided as our politics suggests! we're not as cynical as the pundits believe! we are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions. and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. we are and forever will be the united states of america! and together, with your help and god's grace, we will continue our journey forward.
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>> earlier mitt romney spoke to supporters in boston. >> he said the nation is at a critical point. >> i have just called president obama to congratulate him on his victory, his supporters and his campaign, also deserve congratulations. i wish all of them well, but particularly, the president, the first lady and their daughters. this is a time of great challenges for america and i pray that the president will be successful guiding our nation. the nation is at a critical point. at a time like this we can't risk bickering and posturing. our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work. we look at democrats and republicans in government to put the people before the politics. i believe in america, i believe in the people of america. >> and, we turn to the senate races.
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the battle for the senate seat in massachusetts was among the most closely watched and most expensive races in the entire country. candidate spent a combined total of $68 million on that campaign. >> elizabeth warren, harvard law professor, swept incumbent scott brown from office. the contest for senate in connecticut was a big money race, democrat christopher murphy, defeated former wrestling executive linda mcmahon. >> her second defeat in two tries. spent $100 million of her own money in the losing efforts. moving to missouri now, claire mccaskill has beaten back republican challenge from todd aiken. you may recognize that name. >> yes, it was a legitimate win over him. aiken talked about pregnancies resulting from what he called legitimate rape. >> both candidates who made controversial abortion remarks
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lost tonight. they did. it does appear congress will remain divided with republicans keeping control in the house. 435 races, republicans have won 209 seats. leading in the races for 29 seats. >> the democrats have won 155 seats. they're leading in the races for 39 seats. but at the end of the day, you still have the majority republicans in the house. majority democrats in the senate. interesting tidbit from jonathan karl. he said nancy pelosi is rather than retire, rather than continue as minority leader. potential changes from the upper echelon. >> a shake-up after election. interesting to see if they can go back to capitol hill and practice the bipartisanship they preach about. boehner, said this was not a mandate. popular vote, very close. hopefully the president has gotten the message. close, popular, and congress got the message they re-elected the president they have to got together and work it out.
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that's what americans want to see. in case you are wondering thought the list was fascinating, the groups that staunchly supported the president could be the reason he got re-elected. folks in order here by numerical support. top five groups, thought the country headed in the right direction, big supporters, african-americans, as expected. big supporters. democrats, best in 76, party loyalty. those who felt economy was moving in a positive direction, they went heavy for the president, those who thought the economy was getting better went for the president. he did well among those that thought romney's policies would benefit the wealthy. >> huge lead among unmarried women. 38 points for the president. definitely opened it up there. 10% of the latino vote. latino vote, comprised 10% of the vote. >> first time in double digits. overwhelmingly, went for president obama, in his
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speech, mentioned again we have to do what we can in terms of immigration and getting that actually going. >> we'll see. again, a lot of talk tonight. see what happens on capitol hill. >> just see some hugging. please. >> yeah. as millions went to the polls tuesday. no surprise here. everything did not go off without a hitch. >> most hassles were isolated. none appeared that substantial. many voters expressing frustration. >> i'm actually late for work right now. it's about two hours. the lines were in shambles. it was crazy. >> i have been to this poll several times, but today the line was poorly organized. >> i can attest to that as well. even before lunchtime tuesday, a handful of partisan voting disputes started spilling into courtrooms. most legal battles were in swing states. no surprise there. >> the legal battles don't mean much, the victory so lopsided
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electorally. turnout was strong throughout the country. a good sign in parts of new york and new jersey. of course, battered by hurricane sandy. >> thousand could not vote at usual poll locations, they took buses or shared ride. many said it felt like a return to normalcy, a change from the on going crisis. only thing i have. lost my home, everything, only had my freedom to vote. >> had to be a welcome distraction. folks in the dark. a week later. colorado and washington have become the first states in the country to legalize, recreational marijuana use. >> what did you say? >> recreational marijuana use. >> it will allow adults to possess small amounts of pot. >> a federal law in place. now the issue will likely end up in front of the supreme court. a similar initiative was rejected by voters in oregon. >> much more on that you can believe. for the first time, same-sex marriage approved by popular vote with ballot initiatives
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passing in maryland and maine. still too early to tell if washington, itself, will follow suit. but voters in minnesota said no to placing a ban on gay marriage in the state's constitution. >> californians voted for repeal to the death penalty. the sentences of 700 death row prisoners will now be changed to life in prison. in oklahoma they voted to wipe out all affirmative action programs in state government hiring, education, and contracting practices. also a coup for all the women out there. we will have a record number of women in the senate. beginning in 2013, i believe. 18 is the number. >> i believe also the first openly gay female senator. >> that's right. first lbgt. >> interesting. get more. the days move along. interesting firsts. in other news, the north east is bracing for another major storm today. airlines canceling flights. much more on that. the nor'easter on the way to a hard hit area. we'll have that and a lot more after abc comes right back after
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well areas hard hit well areas hard hit by hurricane sandy last week are bracing for a second punch from mother nature today. >> that's right, a nor'easter packing heavy winds, rain and snow has much of new york and new jersey on high alert. some residents in parts of staten island, new york are being told they should evacuate. hundred of nursing home residents along the coast in queens have been relocated. as we head forward through the day, what can we expect? the system moving faster than it first anticipated. through the morning hours, starting to see rain, strong gusty wind out of north-northeast. hence the term nor'easter here.
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could be significant coastal flooding, beach erosion. impact in the same areas impacted by sandy. this know it sandy. heavy rain. snow inland. philadelphia, light accumulations with snow. rob, paula. back to you. >> rough day. here we go. a recap of our top story. president obama has secured another four years in the white house. >> governor mitt romney conceded the race just before 1:00 this morning eastern following a phone call to the president. in his short concession speech, roughly 5 minutes. romney wished the president well in guiding the nation. >> the president took his turn at the podium in chicago just a short time later. and promised to reach out to the other side in the second term. and democrats have strengthened their control of the senate by taking two seats away from the republicans. the races that changed hand are, in indiana, and in the state of massachusetts. >> get there, a wild card in
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maine. independent former governor, angus king elected to succeed, retired senator olympia snow. he has not said what party hill e will vote with. >> there will be lobbying on both side to come over. for sure, what a fascinating night. really was. nobody quite saw it like it was. close, highly contested. the popular vote does reflect that. tau a >> romney advisers were stunned and shocked. had no idea this was coming. they seemed blindsided. >> both side thought they were going to win. one side was going to be happy, other side, disappointed. it is what it is. that is our news for this half-hour. >> we'll leave you with some of the election's most memorable images. you are watching "world news now." ♪ ♪ ñcñ?xús1@ú?
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making news in america this morning, the re-election. president barack obama wins four more years. >> i've never been more hopeful about our future. i have never been more hopeful about america. >> with a resounding electoral win and a narrow nod in the popular vote, the president lays out his first priority for his second term. >> tonight, you voted for action. not politics as usual. you elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. >> there were cheers in chicago and tears in boston. after the long, hard fight, it was all over for the challenger. >> like so many of you, paul and i have left everything on the field. we have given our all to this campaign. >> now, after the bruising
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campaign and facing a congress as divided as it was before the election, president obama and the country prepare for the next four years. >> thank you, america. god bless you. god bless these united states. good wednesday morning, everybody. four years ago, barack obama stood on the brink of history, the morning after his election. now, four years later, he stands on the brink of a second term. >> the president has won re-election after a hard-fought campaign, saying he returns to the white house more determined and more inspired than ever. >> and he can claim a decisive and sweeping electoral victory over challenger, mitt romney. although, the popular vote is a lot tighter. >> but in the end, almost all of the key battleground states, including ohio and virginia,
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they went the president's way. and that put him over the top. we have two reports to begin our coverage. >> tahman bradley is in boston. but first, t.j. winick is with the obama team in the windy city of chicago, where i assume the party may still be going on. good morning, t.j. >> reporter: rob and paula, good morning to you. that's right. it was actually a series of narrow state wins that gave president obama a decisive victory, despite an unemployment rate that posed a serious threat to his 2012 campaign. president barack obama won a second term tuesday, after a race that was primarily fought in just a handful of battleground states. >> you, the american people, reminded us that, while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up. we have fought our way back. and we know in our hearts, that for the united states of america, the best is yet to come.
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>> reporter: florida is still too close to call. but even if romney won the state, obama still handily beats him in the electoral college vote. the popular vote will likely be closer. >> whether i earned your vote or not, i have listened to you. i have learned from you. and you've made me a better president. >> reporter: obama beat republican challenger mitt romney after nabbing almost every 1 of the 12 crucial battleground states. around 1:00 a.m. eastern, romney spoke to supporters in boston, to let them know he had made a concession call to the president. >> i have just called president obama to congratulate him on his victory. his supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations. >> reporter: the former massachusetts governor said it was time to put aside partisan bickering and work together for the country. >> this is a time of great challenges for america.
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and i pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation. >> reporter: the newly-elected president spent the night here in chicago. he has no public events scheduled for today. he and the first family arrive back at the white house at 5:30 this afternoon. rob and paula? >> no one really expected or predicted a wide electoral victory for the president. what helped him seal the deal? >> reporter: the president really won big among african-americans, women and latinos. that's certainly what they were counting on. and in fact, he won among latinos in a greater margin than he did four years ago. and that raises serious questions about the future of the republican party and their greater, broad appeal. >> all right. t.j. winick there in chicago. thank you, t.j. get some sleep. now, let's get the view from boston. tahman bradley has been there all week. was the romney campaign really prepared for this? >> reporter: no, i don't think so, paula. mitt romney told reporters yesterday that he only prepared a victory speech, which might
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explain why it took him so long to come out last night and to deliver his concession remarks. the romney campaign felt they had momentum over the final month, especially after that strong performance in the first debate. they felt they were hitting their target among the republican base voters. but it wasn't enough. >> and the monday morning quarterbacking begin, or the wednesday morning quarterbacking begin. what's the speculation from the pundits as to what exactly went wrong with romney's campaign? >> reporter: a lot of things went wrong. first of all, the obama campaign defined mitt romney before romney was able to define himself. they ran a number of hard-hitting ads, attacking at romney's strength. romney presenting himself as a successful business person who could fix the struggling economy. but the obama campaign tore into that. and romney never successfully responded. the other thing was the romney campaign was operating under the assumption that the voting electorate would look like it's looked for the past 60 years.
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they were running against barack obama, which fundamentally changed the voting electorate in 2008. that did not garner enough support wrong young voters, blacks and latinos. just having white voters and white men was not enough. in the past, that could win the election. but not in 2012. >> mitt has gone on record saying if this didn't work out, he would hang his political cleats up, so to speak. so, what is next for the governor? >> reporter: in the concession remarks last night, he said he was praying for president obama's success and that he wanted the country to come together. i wonder if that's opening the door for romney to help the president in a formal way in his next administration. ann romney has health concerns. and she wants this to be the final campaign. perhaps romney will do something to help one of his son's businesses. or maybe he just wants to be around his grandchildren. >> maybe the first order of business is a long nap. i think he's earned that, for sure. tahman bradley, live for us. >> reporter: we all need that.
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>> amen to that. thanks, tahman, live for us in boston this morning. a major challenge for the president will be the divided congress. the republicans have maintained control of the house. some races are still too close to call. >> speaker john boehner says that the election was a mandate to take steps together to boost the economy. >> and the democrats have taken two seats away from republicans in indiana and massachusetts. and winning a key race in virginia and maine. independent angus king won the seat held by olympia snowe. >> and the battle in massachusetts, elizabeth warren, beat incumbent republican scott brown. there will be a record number of women serving in the u.s. senate. >> go, girls. and missouri democrat, claire mccaskill was able to keep her senate seat. todd akin badly damaged his campaign by his comments on
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pregnancy and rape. and michele bachmann, we'll keep an eye on it. her seat is in jeopardy, as well. >> and there's some backlash. we have all of the state-by-state results online. for a closer look at that, check out abcnews.com. and so, what is next now that president obama has pulled off such a decisive win? >> we're going to tell you. up next, the real story behind this election and what it could mean for the next four years. you're watching a special edition of "america this morning." ♪ a portion of every bottle that they sell goes to fight ♪ ♪ breast cancer and i think that's swell. ♪ ♪ the more you take, the more they'll pay, ♪ ♪ so make them write a big check today. ♪ ♪ and if you're feeling a little slow, ♪ ♪ then 5-hour energy will help you go. ♪ ♪ so buy a bottle of pink lemonade and ♪ ♪ you can help fight breast cancer today. ♪
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inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the future that lies ahead. >> president obama, celebrating a decisive win this wednesday morning, with 303 electoral votes. he needed only 270. >> the president is holding a slim lead in the popular vote. i believe the counting is still going on down in florida a little bit. we'll get those numbers some time later this week. >> no surprise there. >> as always. plenty to talk about this morning. we spoke with our washington editor, rick klein. >> and we asked him if a new era of bipartisanship can now begin. >> the voters did not give president obama a mandate. but he can create that mandate. i think if he begins to govern if he's the promise of barack obama, back in 2008, back in 2004, at the democratic convention, if he brings that piece of america together, this was a broad coalition that voted today. it's a divided country. but this is a new america that was speaking out, in a pretty
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loud voice, saying this is the leadership they wanted. and what they're craving is a leadership moment. and that's where the president has an opportunity. >> you did talk about that bipartisanship. the headline is about the president and how well he did and how it defied all expectations of pundits. no one expected the electoral gap to be as wide. >> he took advantage of this surge in younger voters and minority voters. he was able to bring home hispanics in record numbers. we saw double-digit hispanic turnout. and the tactics. the overwhelming white working-class voters. he deployed his resources to define the other guy before he had a chance to hit him. >> do you think the republican party has to look at themselves in the mirror and take a hard look? you look at who the president got great support from. 38 points with single women, strong latino population, and like you said, the lowest voting
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from white males in presidential history. >> there's serious soul-searching going to happen in the republican party. and the problem for them is the path forward is even more pessimistic. none of the demographics they appealed to in this election is growing demographics. they tried to eke out one more using the old formula. >> rick klein tweeted. three-quarters of the exit polls, they blame bush more than they blamed obama. got that message across, as well. >> that explains a lot. this election was also about pressing social issues from gay marriage to legalizing marijuana. >> the historic decisions made by voters across the country, coming up next on "america this morning." ♪ [ male announcer ] we all like things how we like them, even medicare drug plans. that's why walgreens pharmacists will help you find the plan that works for you. and now that we're a preferred pharmacy
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those girls are growing up before our eyes, aren't they? >> yes, they are. >> in his victory speech, president obama said we are more than red states and blue states. we are the united states. >> you see the states that the president won last night. in his speech, he thanked every american who voted and made their voice heard. >> the american people reminded us that, while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up. we have fought our way back. and we know in our hearts, that for the united states of america, the best is yet to come. by itself, the recognition that we have common hopes and dreams won't end all the gridlock or solve all our problems or substitute for the painstaking work of building consensus and making the difficult compromises needed to move this country forward.
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but that common bond is where we must begin. our economy is recovering. a decade of war is ending. a long campaign is now over. i believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that, if you're willing to work hard, it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you lie. it doesn't matter if you're black or white or hispanic or asian or native american or young or old, or rich or poor, abled, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in america. i believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggest. we're not as cynical as the pundits believe. we are greater than the sum of
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our individual ambitions. and we were made more than a collection of red states and blue states. we are and forever will be the united states of america. and together, with your help and god's grace, we will continue our journey forward. >> whipping that crowd up. >> uh-huh. a gracious mitt romney addressing his supporters in boston, not so riled up there. >> a different mood. saying the nation is at a critical point. romney said he would pray for president obama's success. >> i have just called president obama to congratulate him on his victory. his supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations. i wish all of them well, but particularly the president, the first lady, and their daughters. this is a time of great challenges for america. and i pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation. the nation, as you know, is at a critical point. in a time like this, we can't
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risk partisan bickering. our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work. and we look at democrats and republicans at all levels to put the people before the politics. i believe in america. i believe in the people of america. >> americans also weighed in on two social issues. voters in colorado and washington state legalized recreational use of marijuana. adults will be allowed to possess small amounts of pot. but it will be taxed. >> that will set up a showdown with the federal government, which outlaws the drug. maryland and maine have become the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. we're awaiting results from washington. voters in minnesota said no to banning gay marriage in their state constitution. and over in wisconsin, tammy
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jubilation outside 1600 pennsylvania avenue. cheering supporters of president obama gathered outside the white house to celebrate his re-election, while 700 miles away, the president was delivering his victory speech in chicago. many voters in the storm zone were undeterred even though many don't have homes or power,
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following hurricane sandy. >> many had to cast their ballots in tents and other makeshift polling sites, taking shuttle buses and enduring very long lines. displaced new jersey residents were allowed to vote by e-mail or fax. but the electronic options overwhelmed the county clerks there. >> a lot of them said voting was the only thing they had left. and now those recovering from hurricane sandy is about to face a new threat. a nor'easter packing heavy winds, rain and snow. >> jim dickey is tracking the storm right now and has the latest. jim? >> good morning rob and paula. here's our budding storm system this morning. brought some rainfall to coastal north carolina. through tuesday evening, it will strengthen and move northward. what can we expect? the system moving faster than first anticipated. through the morning hours, see some rain and strong, gusty winds. winds out of the northwest and northeast. hence the term nor'easter here. going to be significant coastal flooding and significant beach
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erosions. it's impacting the same areas impacted by sandy. this is not sandy. not going to bring the same impact. but impactful all the time. places like philadelphia, will see light accumulations of snow. rob and paula, back to you. >> thanks, jim. and now, to a truly dedicated voter. a first-time mom-to-be in chicago began feeling labor pains. but instead of rushing to the hospital, 21-year-old alecia maloney grabbed her bag and ran to her polling place. >> it was her first chance to vote in a presidential election, and she wasn't going to miss it. her contractions were five minutes apart. inside the voting booth, she kept telling herself, read and breathe. she wanted to set an example for her new daughter. and sometimes going to the polling stations can be as painful as birth. >> her commitment. for some of you, your local news is next.
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and we welcome you back to "america this morning." president obama and his family are heading back to the white house today, following the president's decisive re-election. in his victory speech, mr. obama sounding some bipartisan tones. even saying he wants to meet with mitt romney. >> here in new york, times square filled with cheering obama supporters. the president fared especially well among hispanic voters and single women. and also enjoys the broadest support among democrats since jimmy carter in 1976. >> a gracious mitt romney telling supporters even though the principles they fought for will endure. romney called for unity and insists the nation cannot endure more partisan bickering. >> we'll see if they do it. we'll see what happens when the new congress takes office in january. the big headline of the morning. i'll give you a taste of what the newspapers are showing this morning. this is the cover of "the new
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york times." it simply says, obama's night, right there at the top of the page. a smiling mr. obama yesterday in one of the campaign offices near his home in chicago. >> on the left coast, "the l.a. times" says obama again. the swing states stealing the election again. nice thumbs-up from the president. >> and this here from "the washington post," a simple headline, which simply says, obama wins. so, you see it right there. they did a bunch of local interviews and asked him, were you really emotional? and/or was it just cold? it was a mix of emotion and cold wind in his face a little bit. >> and leave it to "the new york post" for this one. barack for more. back for more, get it? >> they did not endorse him. that was interesting.
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that's the front page of "the post" this morning. it will be the talk of the country for the next few days as america settles in and gets past an eternal and divisive campaign. hopefully all of that chatter about bipartisanship materializes. we move forward and move on and hope we make progress as a country. >> how many millions did we spend on retaining the status quo? >> hopefully there's a new flavor in d.c. but $6 billion in agate in two years of placampaigning. >> it's an exercise in democracy. it's over for another four years. that's what's making news in america this wednesday morning. we leave you with some of the historic images from this election.
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making news in morning," the re-election. president barack obama wins four more years. >> i've never been more hopeful about our future. i have never been more hopeful about america. >> with a resounding electoral win and a narrow nod in the popular vote, the president lace out his first priority for his second term. >> tonight you voted for action, not politics as usual. you elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. >> there were cheers in chicago and tears in boston after the long hard fight, it was all over for the challenger. >> like so many of you, paul and i have left everything on the field. we have given our all to this campaign. >> now after the bruising campaign and facing a congress
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as divided as it was before the election, president obama and the country prepare for the next four years. >> thank you, america! god bless you! god bless these united states. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "america this morning" with rob nelson and paula faris. good wednesday morning, everybody. four years ago barack obama stood on the brink of history. the morning after his election. now four years later he stands on the brink of a second year. >> the president has won the election after a hard-fought campaign saying he's returned to the white house more determined than ever. >> and he claimed a decisive and sweeping victory over challenger mitt romney although the popular vote is a lot tighter. >> but in the end, almost all of the key battleground states including ohio and virginia,
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they went the president's way and that put him over the top. we have two reports to get our coverage. >> tahman bradley is in boston and t.j. winick. good morning to you. >> rob and paula, good morning to you. it was actually a narrow win ghav president obama the victory despite an unemployment rate that post a serious threat to his 2012 campaign. president barack obama won a second term tuesday after a race that was primarily fought in just a handful of battleground states. >> you, the american people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, well our journey has been wrong, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our heart
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hearts that for the united states of america, the best is yet to come. >> florida is still too call but even if romney won the state obama still handily beats him. >> whether i earn your vote or not, i have listened to you. i have learned from you. and you've made me a better preside president. >> around 1:00 a.m. eastern romney spoke to supporters in boston to let them know he had made a concession call to the president. >> i have just called president obama to congratulate him on his victory. his supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations. >> the former massachusetts governor said it was time to put aside partisan bickering and work together for the good of the country. >> this is a time of great challenges for america, and i pray that the president will be successful in guiding our
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nation. >> the newly re-elected president spent the night here in chicago. he has no public plans scheduled. he and the first family arrive at the white house later this afternoon. >> what demographics kind of helped him seal the deal? >> well, the president really won big among african-americans, women, and latinos, and that's certainly what they were counting on. in fact, he won among latinos by even a greater margin than he did four years ago, and that actually raises serious questions about the future of the republican party and their greater broad appeal. >> all right. t.j. winick there in chicago. thank you, t.j. get some sleep. >> now let's get the view from boston. tahman was there all week. and, tahman, was romney really prepared for this? >> no, i don't think so.
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it might explain why it took him so long to come out last night and deliver his concession remarks. the romney campaign felt like they had momentum over the final month, especially after the strong performance in the first debate. they thought they were hitting a target among their republican base voters, but in the end it wasn't enough. >> and, of course, let the monday morning quarterbacking or wednesday morning quarterbacking begin but what went wrong with romney's campaign? >> reporter: a lot of things went well. they hit a number of hard-hitting attacks. romney presenting himself as a successful businessperson who could fix the struggling economy, but the obama campaign tore into that, and obama never successful responded. the other thing is the romney campaign was operating under the assumption that the voting electorate would look like it looked for the last 60 years, and that's fine, but they were
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running against president obama who fundamentally changed the electoral vote in 2008. so they did not garner enough votes among young voters and latinos and blacks. >> the country is changing. >> yeah. mitt has gone on record and said if this doesn't work out he's going to hang up his political cleats, so to speak. so what is next for the governor? >> reporter: you know, in his succession remarks last night he said he's praying for president obama's success. i wonder if that's opening the door for helping the president in a formal way or perhaps in an informal way. keep in mind, of course, ann romney has health concerns and she wants this to be the final campaign. perhaps romney will do something to help one of his sons' businesses or be around for his grandchildren. >> the first order of business will be a long nap. i think he's earned that for
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sure. >> reporter: i think we all need that. >> amen to that. thanks to tahman bradley this morning. republicans have retained control of the house, though some races are still too close to call. >> speaker john boehner said the elections were a mandate to take, quote, steps to boost the commission. >> they took two seats away from republicans in indiana and massachusetts and winning a key race in virginia. in maine independent angus king won the seat held by republican olympia snowe. and the battle in massachusetts was the most watchly closed. elizabeth warren beat incumbent scott brown. there will now be a record number of women serving in the u.s. senate. >> go, girls. and in missouri claire mccaskill won her campaign. akin badly damaged his political
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campaign with his comments about abortion and rape. >> and there was some backlash. we have all the state by state-results online. for a closer look at that, check out abc.com. so what is next now that president obama has pulled off such a decisive win? >> we're going tell you. up next, the real story behind this election and what it could mean for the next four years. you're watching a special edition of "america this morning." a special edition of "america this morning." ♪ a portion of every bottle that they sell goes to fight ♪ ♪ breast cancer and i think that's swell. ♪ ♪ the more you take, the more they'll pay, ♪ ♪ so make them write a big check today. ♪ ♪ and if you're feeling a little slow, ♪ ♪ then 5-hour energy will help you go. ♪ ♪ so buy a bottle of pink lemonade and ♪ ♪ you can help fight breast cancer today. ♪
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inspired than ever about the work we need to do and the future that lies ahead. >> president obama celebrating a decisive win this wednesday morning with 303 electoral votes. he needed only 270. >> the president is holding a slim lead in the popular vote. i believe the counting is still going on down in florida. we'll get those numbers, i guess, sometime later this week. >> no surprise there. this morning we spoke with our senior editor rick klein. >> we asked if a new era of bipartisanship can actually now begin. >> reporter: the voters did not give president obama a mandate but what he can do now is create that mandate. i guess if he begins to govern like the promise of president obama back in 2008, 2004 at the democratic convention, if he brings that piece of america today, this is a broad coalition. yes, it's a divided country but this is a new america speaking
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out in a pretty loud voice saying this is the leadership we want and what they're craving is a leadership moment and that's when the president had an opportunity. >> the headline tonight is about the president and how well he did and how it defied all expectations in pundits. no one expected the electoral gap to be as wide as it was. how did he pull it off? it's t >> it's the perfect combination of demographics and graphics. he was able to bring home hispanics in record numbers. there was never before where we had seen double-digit turnout. and on top of that, what delivered for him in the upper midwest were the old reliable working white class and he did so by destroying the other side and finding the resources to find the other guy before he had a chance to hit him. >> do you think the republicans have to take a look at themselves in the mirror and you look at who the president got support from. 38% from women, strong latino population, and like you said,
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with the lowest voting from white males in presidential history. >> there's serious soul-searching that's going to happen in the republican party. and the problem for them is the path forward is even more pessimistic because none of the demographics they apee'd to in this election were growing demographics. it didn't work, so it's going to be back to the drawing board. >> rick klein also tweeted this. three-fourths of the nation is battle poor. and they don't blame obama. they blame bush. this election was also about pressing social issues from gay marriage to legalizing marijuana. the historical decisions made by voters across the country coming up next on "america this morning." [ male announcer ] we all like things how we like them, even medicare drug plans. that's why walgreens pharmacists will help you find the plan that works for you. and now that we're a preferred pharmacy
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those girls are growing up before our eyes, aren't they? >> yes, they are. >> in his victory speech, president obama said we are more than red states and blue states. we are the united states. >> but take a look at the bread and blue here and you see the states the president actually won last night. in his speech he thanked every american who voted and made their voice heard. >> the american people reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up. we have fought our way back. and we know in our hearts that for the united states of america, the best is yet to come. by itself the recognition that we have common hopes and dreams won't end all the gridlock or solve all our problems or substitute for the painstaking work of building consensus and making the difficult compromises needed to move this country forward.
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but that common bond is where we must begin. our economy is recovering. a decade of war is ending. a long campaign is now over. i believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you're willing to work hard, it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you lie. it doesn't matter whether you're black or white or hispanic or asian or native american or young or old or rich or poor, abled, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in america. i believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggest. we're not as cynical as the pundits believe. we are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions.
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and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. we are and forever will be the united states of america, and together with your help and god's grace, we will continue our journey forward. >> whipping that crowd up. >> mm-hmm. a gracious mitt romney addressing his supporters in boston, not so riled up there. >> a different mood. saying the nation is at a critical point. romney said he would pray for president obama's success. >> i have just called president obama to congratulate him on his victory. his supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations. i wish all of them well, but particularly the president, the first lady, and their daughters. this is a time of great challenges for america. and i pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation. the nation, as you know, is at a critical point. at a time like this, we can't
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risk partisan bickering and political posturing. our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work and we look at democrats and rupps at all levels to put the people before politics. i believe in america. i believe in the people of america. americans also weighed in on two social issues. voters in colorado and washington state legalized recreational use of marijuana. adults will be allowed to possess small amounts of pot, but it will be taxed. >> that's going to set up a showdown with the federal government, which outlaws the drug. meanwhile maryland and maine have become the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. we're awaiting results from washington. voters in minnesota said no to banning gay marriage in their state constitution. and over in wisconsin, tammy baldwin has become the first openly gay candidate to win a u.s. senate seat.
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jubilation outside 1600 pennsylvania avenue. cheering supporters of president obama gathered outside the white house to celebrate his re-election, while 700 miles away, the president was delivering, of course, his victory speech in chicago. many voters in the storm zone were undeterred even though many don't have homes or power, following hurricane sandy. >> many had to cast their ballots in tents and other
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makeshift polling sites, taking shuttle buses and enduring very long lines. displaced new jersey residents were allowed to vote by e-mail or fashion but the electronic option simply overwhelmed the county clerks there. >> a lot of them said voting was the only thing they had left. and now those recovering from hurricane sandy are about to face a new threat, a nor'easter packing heavy winds, rain, and snow. >> accuweather meteorologist jim dickey is tracking the storm right now and has the latest. jim? >> good morning rob and paula. here's our budding storm system this morning. brought some rainfall to coastal north carolina. through tuesday evening, it will strengthen and move its way northward. as we move through the day, what can we expect? well, the system is moving faster than first anticipated. through the morning hours, see some rain and strong, gusty winds. winds out of the northwest and northeast. hence the term nor'easter here. going to be significant coastal flooding and significant beach erosions.
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it's unfortunately impacting the same areas impacted by sandy. it should be noted this is not sandy. it's not going to bring the same impact. but impactful all the same. places like philadelphia, will see light accumulations of snow. rob and paula, back to you. >> thanks, jim. and now, to a truly dedicated voter. a first-time mom-to-be in chicago began feeling labor pains. but instead of rushing to the hospital, 21-year-old galicia malone grabbed her bag and ran to her polling place. >> it was her first chance to vote in a presidential election, and she wasn't going to miss it, even though her contractions were five minutes apart and her water had broke. inside the voting booth, she kept telling herself, read and breathe. she wanted to set an example for her new daughter. and sometimes going to the polling stations can be as painful as birth. >> you have to admire her commitment. she was heard yesterday. for some of you, your local news is next. >> for everyone else, we'll come back with the obama celebration. next.
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and we welcome you back to "america this morning." president obama and his family are heading back to the white house today, following the president's decisive re-election. in his victory speech, mr. obama sounding some bipartisan tones, even saying he wants to meet with mitt romney. >> here in new york, times square filled with cheering obama supporters. the president fared especially well among hispanic voters and single women. and also enjoys the broadest support among democrats since jimmy carter back in '76. >> a gracious mitt romney telling supporters even though the principles they fought for will endure. romney called for unity and insists the nation cannot risk more partisan bickering. >> we'll see if they do it. easy words, but we'll see what happens when the new congress takes office in january. the big headline of the morning. i'll give you a taste of what the newspapers are showing this morning. this is the cover of "the new york times."
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it simply says, "obama's night," right there at the top of the page. a smiling mr. obama yesterday in one of the campaign offices near his home in chicago. >> other on the west coast, the "l.a. times" says "obama again." the swing states stealing the election again. nice thumbs-up from the president. >> and this here from "the washington post," a simple headline, which simply says, "obama when wins." so you see it right there. they did a bunch of local interviews and asked him, were you really emotional? and/or was it just cold? it was a mix of emotion and cold wind in his face a little bit. >> and leave it to "the new york post" for this one. "barack for more." back for more, get it? >> they did not endorse him. that was interesting. that's the front page of "the
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post" this morning. it will be the talk of the country for the next few days as america kind of settles in and gets past an eternal and very divisive campaign. hopefully all of that chatter about bipartisanship materializes. either way, we move forward and move on and hope we make progress as a country. >> how many millions did we spend on retaining the status quo? >> hopefully there's a new flavor in d.c. but $6 billion in aggregate in two years of campaigning. >> not with an "m," with a "b." >> it's an exercise in democracy. it's over for another four years. that's what's making news in america this wednesday morning. >> we leave you with some of the images from this historic election. historic images from this election.
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making news in america this morning, theel making news in "america this morning," the re-election. president barack obama wins four more years. >> i've never been more hopeful about our future. i have never been more hopeful about america. >> with a resounding electoral win and a narrow nod in the popular vote, the president lace out his first priority for his second term. >> tonight you voted for action, not politics as usual. you elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. >> there were cheers in chicago and tears in boston after the long hard fight, it was all over for the challenger. >> like so many of you, paul and i have left everything on the field. we have given our all to this campaign. >> now after the bruising
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campaign and facing a congress as divided as it was before the election, president obama and the country prepare for the next four years. >> thank you, america! god bless you! god bless these united states. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "america this morning" with rob nelson and paula faris. good wednesday morning, everybody. four years ago barack obama stood on the brink of history. the morning after his election. now four years later he stands on the brink of a second year. >> the president has won re-election after a hard-fought campaign, saying he returned to the white house more determined and decisive than ever. >> and he claimed a decisive and sweeping victory over challenger mitt romney although the popular vote is a lot tighter. >> but in the end, almost all of the key battleground states including ohio and virginia, they went the president's way
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and that put him over the top. we have two reports to begin our coverage. >> tahman bradley is in boston but first t.j. winick is with the winning team in chicago. good morning to you. >> reporter: rob and paula, a good morning to you. it was actually a narrow win gave president obama the victory despite an unemployment rate that posed a serious threat to his 2012 campaign. president barack obama won a second term tuesday after a race that was primarily fought in just a handful of battleground states. >> you, the american people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the united states of america, the best is yet to come.
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>> reporter: florida is still too close to call, but even if romney won the state, obama still handily beats him in the electoral college vote. the vote will likely be closer. >> and whether i earn your vote or not, i have listened to you, i have learned from you, and you've made me a better president. >> reporter: around 1:00 a.m. eastern romney spoke to supporters in boston to let them know he had made a concession call to the president. >> i have just called president obama to congratulate him on his victory. his supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations. >> reporter: the former massachusetts governor said it was time to put aside partisan bickering and work together for the good of the country. >> this is a time of great challenges for america, and i pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation.
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>> reporter: the newly re-elected president spent the night here in chicago. he has no public plans skelded for today. he and the first family are expected to arrive at the white house at 5:30 this afternoon. rob and paula? >> what demographics kind of helped him seal the deal? >> reporter: well, the president really won bing among african-americans, women, and latinos, and that's certainly what they were counting on. in fact, he won among latinos by even a greater margin than he did four years ago, and that actually raises serious questions about the future of the republican party and their greater broad appeal. >> all right. t.j. winick there in chicago. thank you, t.j. get some sleep. now let's get the view from boston. tahman bradley has been there all week. and, tahman, was romney really prepared for this? >> reporter: no, i don't think
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so, paula. romney said he was only prepared for a victory speech, which might explain why it took him so long to come out last night and deliver his concession remarks. the romney campaign felt like they had momentum over the final month, especially after the strong performance in the first debate. they thought they were hitting a target among their republican base voters, but in the end it wasn't enough. >> and, of course, let the monday morning quarterbacking or wednesday morning quarterbacking begin, but what is some early speculation from the pundits out there as to exactly what went wrong with romney's campaign? >> reporter: well, rob, a lot of things went wrong. they ran a number of hard-hitting attacks hitting at romney himself. romney presenting himself as a successful businessperson who could fix the struggling economy, but the obama campaign tore into that, and romney never successfully recovering. the other thing is the romney campaign was operating under the assumption that the voting electorate would look like it looked for the last 60 years, and that's fine, but they were running against president obama
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who fundamentally changed the voting electorate in 2008, so they did not garner a sufficient enough support among young voters and blacks and latinos. in the end white men was not enough. >> the country is changing. >> yeah. mitt has gone on record and said if this doesn't work out he's going to hang up his political cleats, so to speak. so what is next for the governor? >> reporter: well, you know, in the concession remarks last night he was praying for president obama's success and was hoping they would come together. i wonder if that's opening the door for helping the president in a formal way or perhaps in an informal way. but keep in mind, of course, ann romney has health concerns and she wants this to be the final campaign. perhaps romney will do something to help one of his sons' businesses, or maybe he wants to be around for his grandchildren. >> the first order of business will be a long nap.
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i think he's earned that for sure. >> reporter: i think we all need that. >> amen to that. thanks to tahman bradley this morning. the main change for the white house will be the divided congress. republicans have retained control of the house, though some races are still too close to call. >> speaker john boehner said the elections were a mandate to take, quote, steps to boost the commission. >> and democrats have strength by taking away two seats away from the republicans in indiana and massachusetts and winning a key race in virginia. in maine independent angus king won the seat held by republican olympia snowe. and the battle in massachusetts was among the most closely watched races last night. elizabeth warren beat incumbent scott brown. there will now be a record number of women serving in the u.s. senate. >> go, girls. and in missouri claire mccaskill won her campaign. akin badly damaged his political campaign with his comments about
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pregen incy and rape, and we'll keep a close eye. it looks like michele bachmann's asset is in jeopardy as well. >> and there was some backlash. and we have all the state-by-state results online. for a closer look at that, check out abc.com. so what is next now that president obama has pulled off such a decisive win? >> we're going tell you. up next, the real story behind this election and what it could mean for the next four years. you're watching a special edition of "america this morning." ♪ a portion of every bottle that they sell goes to fight ♪ ♪ breast cancer and i think that's swell. ♪ ♪ the more you take, the more they'll pay, ♪ ♪ so make them write a big check today. ♪ ♪ and if you're feeling a little slow, ♪ ♪ then 5-hour energy will help you go. ♪ ♪ so buy a bottle of pink lemonade and ♪ ♪ you can help fight breast cancer today. ♪
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house more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the future that lies ahead. >> president obama celebrating a decisive win this wednesday morning with 303 electoral votes. he needed only 270. >> the president is holding a slim lead in the popular vote. i believe the counting is still going don on down in florida a little bit. we'll get those numbers, i guess, sometime later this week. >> no surprise there. this morning we spoke with our senior editor rick klein. >> we asked if a new era of bipartisanship can actually now begin. >> reporter: the voters did not give president obama a mandate, but what he can do now is create that mandate. i guess if he begins to govern like the promise of president obama back in 2008, 2004 at the democratic convention, if he begins to bring that piece of america today, this is a broad coaliti coalition. yes, it's a divided country but this is a new america speaking
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out in a pretty loud voice saying this is the leadership we wanted, and what they're craving is a leadership moment, and that's when the president had an opportunity. >> the headline tonight is about the president and how well he did and how it defied all expectations in pundits. no one expected the electoral gap to be as wide as it was. how did he pull it off? >> it's the perfect combination of demographics and graphics. on the demographic side he took in the surge of voters. he was able to bring home hispanics in record numbers. there was never before where we had seen double-digit turnout. and on top of that, what delivered for him in the upper midwest were the old reliable white working-class owners and he did so by destroying the other side and finding the resources to find the other guy before he had a chance to hit him. >> do you think the republicans have to take a look at themselves in the mirror and you look at who the president got support from. 38 points with women, strong latino population, and, like you
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said, the lowest voting from white males in presidential history. >> right. there's serious soul-searching that's going to happen in the republican party, and the problem for them is the path forward is even more pessimistic because none of the demographics they appealed to in this election were growing demographics. it didn't work, so it's going to be back to the drawing board. >> rick klein also tweeted this. he said three-quarters of the nationwide exit poor was poor. but in almost every one they blamed bush, they don't blake obama. they definitely got that message across as well. >> that explains a lot. this election was also about pressing social issues from gay marriage to legalizing marijuana. >> the historic decisions made by voters across the country coming up next on "america this morning." that's why walgreens pharmacists will help you find the plan that works for you. and now that we're a preferred pharmacy
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♪ those girls are growing up before our eyes, aren't they? >> yes, they are. >> in his victory speech, president obama said we are more than red states and blue states. we are the united states. >> but take a look at the red and blue here and you see the states the president actually won last night. in his speech he thanked every american who voted and made their voice heard. >> the american people reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up. we have fought our way back. and we know in our hearts that for the united states of america, the best is yet to come. by itself the recognition that we have common hopes and dreams won't end all the gridlock or solve all our problems or substitute for the painstaking work of building consensus and making the difficult compromises needed to move this country forward.
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but that common bond is where we must begin. our economy is recovering. a decade of war is ending. a long campaign is now over. i believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you're willing to work hard, it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. it doesn't matter whether you're black or white or hispanic or asian or native american or young or old or rich or poor, abled, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in america. if you're willing to try. i believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggest.
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we're not as cynical as the pundits believe. we are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions. and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. we are and forever will be the united states of america, and together with your help and god's grace, we will continue our journey forward. >> whipping that crowd up. >> mm-hmm. a gracious mitt romney addressing his supporters in boston, not so riled up there. >> no, a different mood, saying the nation is at a critical point, romney saying he would pray for president obama's success. >> i have just called president obama to congratulate him on his victory. his supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations. i wish all of them well, but particularly the president, the first lady, and their daughters. this is a time of great challenges for america. and i pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation. the nation, as you know, is at a critical point. at a time like this, we can't risk partisan bickering and
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political posturing. our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work, and we look to democrats and republicans at all levels, to put the people before politics. i believe in america. i believe in the people of america. americans also weighed in on two social issues. voters in colorado and washington state legalized recreational use of marijuana. adults will be allowed to possess small amounts of pot, but it will be taxed. >> that's going to set up a showdown with the federal government, which outlaws the drug. massachusetts also approved marijuana for medical use. meanwhile maryland and maine have become the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. we're still awaiting results from washington. voters in minnesota also said no to banning gay marriage in their state constitution. and over in wisconsin, tammy baldwin has become the first openly gay candidate to win a u.s. senate seat.
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>> a really crazy night. if you look at all the combined things, a really real shift to the left for the country. it sets a new political stage for sure. >> precedent-setting, for sure. the northeast is bracing for another storm today. airlines already cancelling flights. coming up, where and when the storm will hit. i decided enough is enough. ♪ [ spa lady ] i started enbrel. it's clinically proven to provide clearer skin. [ rv guy ] enbrel may not work for everyone -- and may not clear you completely, but for many, it gets skin clearer fast, within 2 months, and keeps it clearer up to 9 months. [ male announcer ] because enbrel®, etanercept, suppresses your immune system, it may lower your ability to fight infections. serious, sometimes fatal, events including infections, tuberculosis, lymphoma, other cancers, and nervous system and blood disorders have occurred. before starting enbrel, your doctor should test you for tuberculosis and discuss whether you've been to a region where certain fungal infections are common.
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jubilation outside 1600 pennsylvania avenue. cheering supporters of president obama gathered outside the white house to celebrate his re-election, while 700 miles away, the president was delivering, of course, his victory speech in chicago. many voters in the storm zone were undeterred even though many still don't have homes or power following hurricane sandy.
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>> many had to cast their ballots in tents and other makeshift polling sites, taking shutting buses and enduring some very long lines. displaced new jersey residents were allowed to vote by e-mail or fashion, but the electronic option simply overwhelmed the county clerks there. >> a lot of them said voting was the only thing they had left. and now those recovering from hurricane sandy are about to face a new threat, a nor'easter packing heavy winds, rain, and snow. >> accuweather meteorologist jim dickey is tracking the storm right now and has the latest. jim? >> good morning rob and paula. here's our budding storm system this morning. brought some rainfall to coastal north carolina. through tuesday evening, it will strengthen and move its way northward. as we move through the day, what can we expect? well, the system is moving faster than first anticipated. through the morning hours, we're really going to see some rain and strong, gusty winds. winds out of the northwest and
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northeast, hence the term "nor'easter" here. going to be significant coastal flooding and significant beach erosions. it's unfortunately impacting the same areas impacted by sandy. it should be noted this is not sandy. it's not going to bring the same impact, but impactful all the same. even places like philadelphia could see light accumulations of snow. rob and paula, back to you. >> thanks, jim. and now, to a truly dedicated voter. a first-time mom-to-be in chicago began feeling labor pains. but instead of rushing to the hospital, 21-year-old galicia malone grabbed her bag and ran to her polling place. >> it was her first chance to vote in a presidential election, and she wasn't going to miss it, even though her water had broken and her con tractions, get this, were five minutes apart. inside the voting booth, she kept telling herself, read and breathe. she wanted to set an example for her new daughter. and sometimes going to the polling stations can be as painful as birth. >> you have to admire her commitment. she was heard yesterday. for some of you, your local news is next. for every else, we'll be back with the romney concession
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and we welcome you back to "america this morning." president obama and his family are heading back to the white house today, following the president's decisive re-election. in his victory speech, mr. obama sounding some bipartisan tones, even saying that he wants to meet with mitt romney. >> here in new york, times square filled with cheering obama supporters. the president fared especially well among hispanic voters and single women. and also enjoyed the broadest support among democrats since jimmy carter exit polls back in '76. >> a gracious mitt romney telling supporters even though the principles they fought for will endure. romney called for unity and insists the nation cannot risk more partisan bickering. >> we'll see if they do it. easy words, but we'll see what happens when the new congress taking office in january, what can actually be done there. the big headline of the
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morning. i'll give you a taste of what the newspapers are showing this morning. this is the cover of "the new york times." it simply says, "obama's night," right there at the top of the page. a smiling mr. obama yesterday in one of the campaign offices near his home in chicago. >> and over on the west coast, the "l.a. times" says "obama again. the swing states stealing the election again." nice thumbs-up from the president. >> and this here from "the washington post," a simple headline, which simply says, "obama wins." so you see it right there. they did a bunch of local interviews and asked him, were you really emotional? and/or was it just cold? he kind of said it was a mix of both. he was in iowa giving a speech. so it was a mix of emotions, cold winds blowing in his face a little bit. >> and leave it to "the new york post" for this one. "barack for more." back for more, get it? >> they did not endorse him.
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that was interesting. that's the front page of "the post" this morning. it will be the talk of the country for the next few days as america kind of settles in and gets past an eternal and very divisive campaign. hopefully all of that chatter about bipartisanship actually materializes. either way, we move forward and move on and hope we make progress as a country, you know? >> how many millions did we spend on retaining the status quo? >> hopefully there's a new flavor in d.c. but $6 billion in aggregate spending in two years on this campaign. >> not with an "m," with a "b." >> it's an exercise in democracy. it's over for another four years. that's what's making news in america this wednesday morning. >> we leave you with some of the images from this historic election. news in america this wednesday morning. we leave you with some of the historic images from this election.
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making new making news in "america this morning," the re-election. president barack obama wins four more years. >> i've never been more hopeful about our future. i have never been more hopeful about america. >> with a resounding electoral win and a narrow nod in the popular vote, the president lays out his first priority for his second term. >> tonight you voted for action, not politics as usual. you elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. >> there were cheers in chicago and tears in boston. after the long hard fight, it was all over for the challenger. >> like so many of you, paul and i have left everything on the field. we have given our all to this campaign. >> now after the bruising campaign and facing a congress as divided as it was before the
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election, president obama and the country prepare for the next four years. >> thank you, america! god bless you! god bless these united states. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "america this morning" with rob nelson and paula faris. good wednesday morning, everybody. four years ago barack obama stood on the brink of history the morning after his election. now four years later he stands on the brink of a second year. >> the president has won re-election after a hard-fought campaign, saying he returned to the white house more determined and decisive than ever. >> and he claimed a decisive and sweeping victory over challenger mitt romney although the popular vote is a lot tighter. >> but in the end, almost all of the key battleground states including ohio and virginia, they went the president's way and that put him over the top. we have two reports to begin our
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coverage. >> tahman bradley is in boston but first abc's t.j. winick is with the obama team in chicago. good morning to you. >> reporter: rob and paula, a good morning to you. that's right. it was actually a narrow win gave president obama the victory despite an unemployment rate that posed a serious threat to his 2012 campaign. president barack obama won a second term tuesday after a race that was primarily fought in just a handful of battleground states. >> you, the american people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the united states of america, the best is yet to come.
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>> reporter: florida is still too close to call, but even if romney won the state, obama still handily beats him in the electoral college vote. tl popular vote will likely be closer. >> whether i earn your vote or not, i have listened to you, i have learned from you, and you've made me a better president. >> reporter: around 1:00 a.m. eastern romney spoke to supporters in boston to let them know he had made a concession call to the president. >> i have just called president obama to congratulate him on his victory. his supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations. >> reporter: the former massachusetts governor said it was time to put aside partisan bickering and work together for the good of the country. >> this is a time of great challenges for america, and i pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation. >> reporter: the newly re-elected president spent the
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night here in chicago. he has no public plans scheduled for today. he and the first family are arrive back at the white house at 5:30 this afternoon. rob and paula? >> what demographics kind of helped him seal the deal? >> reporter: well, the president really won bing among african-americans, women, and latinos, and that's certainly what they were counting on. in fact, he won among latinos by even a greater margin than he did four years ago, and that actually raises serious questions about the future of the republican party and their greater broad appeal. >> all right. t.j. winick there in chicago. thank you, t.j. get some sleep. now let's get the view from boston. tahman bradley has been there all week. and, tahman, was romney really prepared for this?
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>> reporter: no, i don't think so, paula. romney said he was only prepared for a victory speech, which might explain why it took him so long to come out last night and deliver his concession remarks. the romney campaign felt like they had momentum over the final month, especially after that strong performance in the first debate. they thought they were hitting a target among their republican base voters, but in the end it wasn't enough. >> and, of course, let the monday morning quarterbacking or wednesday morning quarterbacking begin, but what is some early speculation from the pundits out there as to exactly what went wrong with romney's campaign? >> reporter: well, rob, a lot of things went wrong. first of all, the obama campaign defined mitt romney before mitt romney was able to define himself. they ran a number of hard-hitting ads hitting at romney himself. romney presenting himself as a successful businessperson who could fix the struggling economy, but the obama campaign tore into that, and romney never successfully recovering. the other thing is the romney campaign was operating under the assumption that the voting electorate would look like it looked for the past 0 years. and that's fine, but they were running against president obama
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who fundamentally changed the voting electorate in 2008, and so they did not garner enough sufficient support among young voters and blacks and latinos. in the end just having white voters and men was not enough. >> the country is changing. >> yeah. mitt has gone on record and said if this doesn't work out he's going to hang up his political cleats, so to speak. so what is next for the governor? >> reporter: well, you know, in the concession remarks last night, he said that he was praying for president obama's success and he wants the country to come together. i wonder if that's opening the door for helping the president in a formal way or perhaps in an informal way. but keep in mind that ann romney, of course, has health concerns and she wants this to be the final campaign. perhaps romney will do something to help one of his sons' businesses, or maybe he wants to be around for his grandchildren. >> maybe the first order of business will be a long nap. i think he's earned that for
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sure. tahman bradley, live for us -- >> reporter: i think we all need that. >> amen to that. thanks to tahman bradley this morning. the main change for the white house will be the divided congress. republicans have retained control of the house, though some races are still too close to call. >> speaker john boehner said the elections were a mandate to take, quote, steps to boost the commission. >> and democrats have strength by taking away two seats away from the republicans in indiana and massachusetts and winning a key race in virginia. in maine independent angus king won the seat held by republican olympia snowe. and the senate battle in massachusetts was among the most closely watched races last night. harvard law profezzer elizabeth warren beat republican incumbent scott brown. there will now be a record number of women serving in the u.s. senate. >> go, girls. and in missouri claire mccaskill won her campaign. akin badly damaged his political campaign with his comments about
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pregnancy and rape, and we'll keep a close eye on michele bachmann. it looks like her seat is in jeopardy as well. >> and there was some backlash. and we have all the state-by-state results online. for a closer look at that, check out abc.com. so what is next now that president obama has pulled off such a decisive win? >> we're going tell you. up next, the real story behind this election and what it could mean for the next four years. you are watching a special edition of "america this morning." and what it could mean for the next four years. you're watching a special edition of "america this morning." ♪ a portion of every bottle that they sell goes to fight ♪ ♪ breast cancer and i think that's swell. ♪ ♪ the more you take, the more they'll pay, ♪ ♪ so make them write a big check today. ♪ ♪ and if you're feeling a little slow, ♪ ♪ then 5-hour energy will help you go. ♪ ♪ so buy a bottle of pink lemonade and ♪ ♪ you can help fight breast cancer today. ♪
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work there is to do and the future that lies ahead. >> president obama celebrating a decisive win this wednesday morning with 303 electoral votes. he needed only 270. >> the president is holding a slim lead in the popular vote. i believe the counting is still going on down in florida a little bit. so we'll get those numbers, i guess, sometime later this week. >> no surprise there. this morning we spoke with our senior editor rick klein. >> we asked if a new era of bipartisanship can actually now begin. >> reporter: the voters did not give president obama a mandate, but what he can do now is create that mandate. i guess if he begins to govern like the promise of president obama back in 2008, back in 2004 at the beginning of the democratic election, if he begins to bring that piece of america today, this is a broad coalition.
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yes, it's a divided country but this is a new america speaking out in a pretty loud voice saying this is the leadership we wanted, and what they're craving right now is a leadership moment, and that's when the president had an opportunity. >> the headline tonight is about the president and how well he did and how it defied all expectations in pundits. no one expected the electoral gap to be as wide as it was. how did he pull it off? >> it's the perfect combination of demographics and tactics. on the demographic side he took advantage of the surge of young voters and minority youngers. he was able to bring home hispanics in record numbers. there was never before where we had seen double-digit turnout. and then on top of that, tactics. what they delivered for him in the upper midwest were the old reliable white working-class owners, and he did so by destroying the other side and finding the resources to find the other guy before he had chance to hit him. >> do you think the republicans have to take a look at themselves in the mirror and you look at who the president got support from. 38 points with women, strong latino population, and, like you
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said, with the lowest voting from white males in presidential history. >> right. there's serious soul-searching that's going to happen in the republican party, and the problem for them is the path forward is even more pessimistic because none of the demographics that they appealed to in this election were growing demographics. so they had one last chance to eek out, and it didn't work, so it's going to be back to the drawing board. >> rick klein also tweeted this. he said three-quarters of the nationwide exit poor was poor. but in almost every one they blamed bush, they don't blake obama. they definitely got that message across as well. >> that explains a lot. this election was also about pressing social issues from gay marriage to legalizing marijuana. >> the historic decisions made by voters across the country coming up next on "america this morning." marriage to legalizing marijuana. >> the historic decisions made by voters across the country, coming up next on "america this morning." that's why walgreens pharmacists will help you find the plan that works for you. and now that we're a preferred pharmacy
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those girls are growing up ♪ those girls are growing up before our eyes, aren't they? >> yes, they are. >> in his victory speech, president obama said we are more than red states and blue states. we are the united states. >> but take a look at the red and blue here, and you see the states the president actually won last night. in his speech he thanked every american who voted and made their voice heard. >> the american people reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up. we have fought our way back. and we know in our hearts that for the united states of america, the best is yet to come. by itself the recognition that we have common hopes and dreams won't end all the gridlock or solve all our problems or substitute for the painstaking work of building consensus and making the difficult compromises needed to move this country forward.
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but that common bond is where we must begin. our economy is recovering. a decade of war is ending. a long campaign is now over. i believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you're willing to work hard, it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. it doesn't matter whether you're black or white or hispanic or asian or native american or young or old or rich or poor, abled, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in america if you're willing to try. i believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggest. we're not as cynical as the pundits believe. we are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions. and we remain more than a
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collection of red states and blue states. we are and forever will be the united states of america, and together with your help and god's grace, we will continue our journey forward. >> whipping that crowd up. >> mm-hmm. a gracious mitt romney addressing his supporters in boston, not so riled up there. >> no, a different mood, saying the nation is at a critical point. romney said he would pray for president obama's success. >> i have just called president obama to congratulate him on his victory. his supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations. i wish all of them well, but particularly the president, the first lady, and their daughters. this is a time of great challenges for america. and i pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation. the nation, as you know, is at a critical point. at a time like this, we can't
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risk partisan bickering and political posturing. our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work, and we look to democrats and republicans and government at all levels to put the people before politics. i believe in america. i believe in the people of america. americans also weighed in on two social issues. voters in colorado and washington state legalized recreational use of marijuana. adults will be allowed to possess small amounts of pot, but it will be taxed. >> that's going to set up a showdown with the federal government, which outlaws the drug. massachusetts also approved marijuana for medical use. meanwhile maryland and maine have become the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. we're still awaiting results from washington. voters in minnesota also said no to banning gay marriage in their state constitution. and over in wisconsin, tammy baldwin has become the first openly gay candidate to win a
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jubilation outside 1600 pennsylvania avenue. cheering supporters of president obama gathered outside the white house to celebrate his re-election, while 700 miles away, the president was delivering, of course, his big victory speech in chicago. many voters in the storm zone were undeterred even though many still don't have homes or power following hurricane sandy. >> many had to cast their
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ballots in tents and other makeshift polling sites, taking shutting buses and enduring some very long lines. displaced new jersey residents were allowed to vote by e-mail or fashion, but the electronic option simply overwhelmed the county clerks there. >> a lot of them said voting's the only thing they have left. and now those recovering from hurricane sandy are about to face a new threat, a nor'easter packing heavy winds, rain, even snow. >> here we go again. accuweather meteorologist jim dickey is tracking the storm right now and has the latest. jim? >> good morning rob and paula. here's our budding storm system this morning. brought some rainfall to coastal north carolina. through tuesday evening, it will strengthen and move its way northward. as we head forward, what can we expect? well, the system is moving faster than first anticipated. through the morning hours, we're really going to see some rain and strong, gusty winds. winds out of the northwest and northeast, hence the term "nor'easter" here. there's going to be significant
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coastal flooding and significant beach erosions. it's unfortunately impacting the same areas impacted by sandy. it should be noted this is not sandy. it's not going to bring the same impact, but impactful all the same. even places like philadelphia could see light accumulations of snow. rob and paula, back to you. >> all right. thanks, jim. and now to a truly dedicated voter. a first-time mom-to-be in chicago began feeling labor pains. but instead of rushing to the hospital, 21-year-old galicia malone grabbed her bag and ran to her polling place. >> it was her first chance to vote in a presidential election, and she wasn't going to miss it, even though her water had broken and her contractions were, get this, five minutes apart. inside the voting booth, she kept telling herself, read and breathe. read and breathe. she wanted to set an example for her new daughter. and sometimes going to the polling stations can be as painful as birth. >> you have to admire her commitment. she was heard yesterday. for some of you, your local news is next. for every else, we'll be back with the romney concession and the obama celebration and how it's all being covered. next.
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and we welcome you back to "america this morning." president obama and his family are heading back to the white house today following the president's decisive re-election. in his victory speech, mr. obama sounding some bipartisan tones, even saying that he wants to meet with mitt romney. >> here in new york, times square filled with cheering obama supporters. the president fared especially well among hispanic voters and single women and also enjoyed the broadest support among democrats in exit polls with jimmy carter since back in '76. >> a gracious mitt romney telling supporters even though the principles they fought for will endure. romney called for unity and insists the nation cannot risk more partisan bickering. >> we'll see if they do it. easy words, but we'll see what happens when the new congress takes office in january, what can actually be done here. but, of course, it's the big headline this morning.
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i'll give you a taste of what the newspapers are showing this morning. this is the cover of "the new york times." it simply says, "obama's night," right there at the top of the page. a smiling mr. obama yesterday in one of the campaign offices near his home in chicago. >> and over on the west coast, the "l.a. times" says "obama again. the swing states stealing the election again." nice thumbs-up from the president. >> and this here from "the washington post," a simple headline, which simply says, "obama wins." so you see it right there. they did a bunch of local interviews and asked him, were you really emotional and/or was it just cold? he kind of said it was a mix of both. he was in iowa giving a speech. so it was a mix of emotions, cold winds blowing in his face a little bit. clearly he's a little emotional tonight. >> and leave it to "the new york post" for this one. "barack for more." back for more, get it? >> they did not endorse him. that was interesting. that's the front page of "the post" this morning.
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it's the talk of the country. it will be for the next few days as america kind of settles in and gets past an eternal and very decisive campaign. hopefully all of that chatter about bipartisanship actually materializes. either way, we move forward and move on and hope we make progress as a country, you know? >> how many millions did we spend on retaining the status quo? . >> well, we'll see if it's a status quo. hopefully there's a new flavor in d.c.status quo. hopefully there's a new flavor in d.c. but $6 billion in aggregate spending in two years on this campaign. >> not with an "m," with a "b." >> it's an exercise in democracy. it's over for another four years. that's what's making news in america this wednesday morning. >> we leave you with some of the images from this historic election. with some of the historic images from this election.

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